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In February 2017 national thought leaders gathered in Tampa to discuss the intersection of race and faith in America today. It is the hope of the panelists that the discussion of that evening moves from ideas to action.

Watch a replay of the Under Our Skin Forum

Are you prepared to address the challenging issues associated with race?

Presented by Tyndale House Publishers and featuring Baltimore Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson, esteemed broadcaster James Brown, Hall of Fame football coach Tony Dungy, Heisman Trophy winner and Executive Director of Desire Street Ministries Danny Wuerffel, former NFL Walter Payton Man-of-the-Year award winner Warrick Dunn, University of South Florida head football coach Charlie Strong, author Mo Isom, Detroit pastor J. Kevin Butcher, Executive Director of Restoration Academy Ben Sciacca, moderator Sage Steele (ESPN), and music performed by Lizzy Cameron and Seth & Nirva.

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On Thursday, February 16, 2017, Baltimore Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson and other national thought leaders—including author and Hall of Fame football coach Tony Dungy, former NFL Walter Payton Man-of-the-Year award winner Warrick Dunn, Heisman Trophy winner and Executive Director of Desire Street Ministries Danny Wuerffel, author and speaker Mo Isom, Detroit pastor and author J. Kevin Butcher, and Executive Director of Restoration Academy Ben Sciacca—will come together at The Crossing Church in Tampa, Florida, to discuss race and faith. The event will be moderated by ESPN’s Sage Steele and music will be provided by Lizzy Cameron.

After news broke in November 2014 that a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, voted not to indict the police officer responsible for killing Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, Benjamin Watson penned a heartfelt Facebook post that expressed his anger, fear, embarrassment, sadness, confusion, hopelessness, and hopefulness over the situation. One year later, Watson further unpacked his thoughts in his book, Under Our Skin: Getting Real about Race and Getting Free from the Fears and Frustrations That Divide Us. Since its release, Watson has become a widely recognized voice on the topic of race and faith in America.

Watson’s primary desire in Under Our Skin is to equip readers with tools to engage in issues of race from another’s perspective. The event’s speakers are committed to participating in a forum that will be thoughtful and respectful in its approach to challenging issues. At the conclusion of the forum, viewers will be provided with several actionable items to take back to their own communities to move the racial divide from an argument or political position toward a place of reconciliation and healing.

Speaker info

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Benjamin Watson


Benjamin Watson is a tight end for the Baltimore Ravens, author, and speaker, and a widely read and followed commentator on social media. In 2015 he authored the book Under Our Skin: Getting Real About Race and Getting Free from the Fears and Frustrations that Divide Us. He attended Duke University as a freshman and transferred to the University of Georgia, where he majored in finance. After an all-SEC senior campaign, he was drafted in the first round of the 2004 NFL draft by the New England Patriots. He won a Super Bowl ring in his rookie season and appeared in another Super Bowl following the 2007 season. After a three-year stint with the Cleveland Browns—including the 2010 season in which he led the Browns in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns—Watson signed with the New Orleans Saints in 2013.

Watson serves on the executive committee of the NFL Players Association and is the founder of the nonprofit One More foundation along with his wife, Kirsten. The couple lives in Baltimore with their five children.

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James Brown


James Brown is the current host of “The NFL Today” on CBS, “Thursday Night Football” aired on CBS and NFL Network and "Inside The NFL" on Showtime. A three-time Emmy Award-winning network broadcaster, Brown has hosted the Super Bowl eight times including Super Bowl 50 on CBS. In 2010, named Brown the Best Studio Host of the Decade. Brown is also a Special Correspondent for CBS News and contributes to various programs such as “60 Minutes” and “CBS This Morning.”

Among his previous broadcasting roles were co-hosting of “Fox NFL Sunday,” working as a correspondent for “Real Sports” with Bryant Gumbel on HBO, and hosting a nationally syndicated radio show on Sporting News Radio. In 2009, Brown wrote his first book and memoir, “Role of a Lifetime: Reflections on Faith, Family and Significant Living.” He is a co-founder and principal of the Brown Technology Group, a certified minority-owned and operated information technology company, and is a founding partner of the Major League Baseball’s Washington Nationals. Brown is a partner with FullCircle Intermedia, a company that assists athletes and entertainers in developing their brand to ensure long-term success.

An ordained minister, Brown is no stranger to charitable works. He works on behalf of DC College Access Program (DCCAP), The Ron & Joy Paul Kidney Center at George Washington University, and The Salvation Army. Among numerous honors, Brown most recently received the 2016 Pete Rozelle Award Radio-TV Award by the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which recognizes “longtime exceptional contributions to radio and television in professional football", and “The Uncommon Award” from Tony Dungy, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2016, for his “uncommon leadership through character and faith.”

Brown is a Washington, D.C., native and a 1973 graduate of Harvard University, where he was a three-time All-Ivy selection in basketball and captained the team as a senior. He resides today in the Washington metropolitan area with his wife Dorothy. His daughter Katrina and her husband John have blessed them with three granddaughters and one grandson.

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J. Kevin Butcher


J. Kevin Butcher is the author of Choose + Choose Again: The Brave Act of Returning to God's Love and the lead pastor of Hope Community Church of Detroit, a messy fellowship of human beings from every kind of racial, economic, and educational background imaginable—with one thing in common: They own their emptiness and pursue healing through the love of God in Jesus Christ. Butcher has written numerous articles and shared the message of the Father's love in twelve different countries. He has been married to his best friend, Carla, for thirty-eight years, and they love their three grown daughters, sons-in-law, and grandchildren.

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Tony Dungy


Tony Dungy is a #1 New York Times bestselling author whose books include Quiet StrengthUncommon, The Mentor Leader and Uncommon Marriage, which he co-authored with his wife, Lauren. He led the Indianapolis Colts to Super Bowl victory on February 4, 2007, the first such win for an African American head coach, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016. Dungy joined the Colts in 2002 after serving as the most successful head coach in Tampa Bay Buccaneers' history. He has also held assistant coaching positions with the University of Minnesota, Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, and Minnesota Vikings. Before becoming a coach, Dungy played three seasons in the NFL. Dungy has been involved in a wide variety of charitable organizations. He retired from coaching in 2009 and now serves as a studio analyst for NBC's Football Night in America. Tony and Lauren are the parents of ten children.

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Charlie Strong

Charlie Strong was named head football coach at the University of South Florida in January 2017 after serving the previous three season as the head coach at the University of Texas. Prior to his stint with the Longhorns, Strong was the head coach at the University of Louisville where he guided the Cardinals to a 37-15 record over four years. He coached the Cardinals to four bowl appearances, including the 2013 Sugar Bowl, and three bowl victories. Prior to becoming a head coach, Strong was an assistant coach at the University of Florida from 2003-2009, which was his second stint in Gainesville as he served as an assistant from 1988-89 as well. Strong has also been an assistant at Ole Miss, Notre Dame, and South Carolina.

A native of Batesville, Ark., Strong was a three-year letter winner (1979-81) and three-time all-conference safety at Central Arkansas, which reached the NAIA Playoffs each of his final two seasons. He was also a two-time all-conference performer in track and field, and graduated in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in education. Strong was inducted into the Central Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.

He and his wife, Vicki, have a son, Tory, and two daughters, Hailee and Hope.

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Warrick Dunn


A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Warrick Dunn was an All-American in football and track and field Florida State. A first-round selection of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Warrick recorded a twelve-year NFL career for the Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons. A three-time Pro Bowl selection, as well as one of the NFL’s top 25 all-time leading rushers, he was named the Walter Payton Man-of-the-Year award winner in 2004. Off the field, Dunn established the Homes for the Holidays program in 1997 and Warrick Dunn Charities in 2002. Warrick Dunn Charities has awarded millions in home furnishings, food and other donations to single-parent families and children across the nation to combat poverty, food and hunger, and ensure families have comfortable surroundings and basic necessities to improve their quality of life. Warrick is also a minority owner of the Atlanta Falcons.

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Mo Isom


New York Times bestselling author, Mo Isom, was an All-American goalkeeper for the Louisiana State University (LSU) soccer team. She holds the LSU all-time goalkeeper record as well as the #3 SEC all-time shutout record. She trained with the US Women's National program, was honored as National Player of the Week, has appeared on ESPN SportsCenter Top-10 Plays, and has been featured in Sports Illustrated and appeared on "Ellen," ESPN, CBS, "The 700 Club," and countless other platforms. Isom speaks nationally and internationally, and facilitates a faith-centered blog that has garnered millions of views to date. She and her husband, Jeremiah Aiken, live in Atlanta with their young daughter.

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Ben Sciacca


Ben Sciacca is executive director of Restoration Academy, a K-12 Christian school in the Fairfield neighborhood of Birmingham, Alabama. Restoration Academy was started in 1988 by Dr. Anthony Gordon. He founded the school in response to divisive forces such as crime and violence that had ensnared many of the young people at his church and in his community. In the past eight years, all of their graduates have been accepted into college, many with full scholarships.

Ben is the author (writing as Judah Ben) of Kai*Ro: The Journey of an Urban Pilgrim, as well as Meals for Mars (releases February 2017) and is a graduate of Wheaton College. Ben completed his graduate degree at Covenant College.

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Sage Steele


Sage Steele serves as the lead host for ESPN's SportsCenter on the Road and for the weekend editions of NBA Countdown, preceding NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC and the ABC NBA Sunday Showcase. Steele's lead role for SportsCenter on the Road includes on-site, day-long and pre-event coverage for the biggest sports events of the year.

In addition to her ESPN position, Steele co-hosted the 2016 Miss America pageant, co-hosted ABC's and ESPN's New Year's Rockin' Eve coverage during the College Football Championship, and has been a featured guest host on ABC's The View. She has also been a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live and has been profiled by Rolling Stone, The Wall Street Journal, Vibe and The Huffington Post, to name a few.

Steele graduated from Indiana University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science degree in sports communications. In her spare time, Steele volunteers with the Pat Tillman Foundation and is passionate about working alongside military veterans. She enjoys horseback riding and spending time with her husband and three children.

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Danny Wuerffel


Danny Wuerffel is executive director of Desire Street Ministries and a former college and NFL quarterback who played for the New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears, and Washington Redskins. At the University of Florida, Wuerffel led the Gators to the university's very first national championship. He won the 1996 Heisman Trophy. He graduated with high honors earning his bachelor's degree in Public Relations. In 2013, Wuerffel was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Following his football career, Wuerffel joined Desire Street Ministries in New Orleans' Ninth Ward, a nonprofit with a mission to revitalize one of America's most impoverished neighborhoods. Wuerffel became executive director in 2006 and, under his direction, Desire Street Ministries moved its headquarters to Atlanta and expanded its outreach beyond New Orleans to impact hundreds of children and families living in other southern inner cities.

Born in Pensacola, Florida, Wuerffel grew up as the son of an Air Force Chaplain, living all over the country as well as three years in Spain. He now calls Atlanta his home with his wife, Jessica; two sons, Jonah and Joshua; and daughter, Macy.

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Lizzy Cameron


Lizzy Cameron is a singer/songwriter from San Diego, California, and has been singing since age 6. Lizzy has lived all over the US with stops in: Indiana, California, Florida, Maryland, and Louisiana. She took on piano at age 13 and instantly fell in love.

Follow her journey at and listen to her new single "Even Then" which is out now on iTunes, Spotify, and more.

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Seth & Nirva


Each extraordinary artists in their own right, Nirva Ready—a Chicago native and daughter of Haitian immigrants—is familiar to fans around the world as a singer and dancer in TobyMac’s Diverse City Band. Joining the group shortly after her graduation from Nashville’s historic Fisk University, where she was a member of the renowned Fisk Jubilee Singers, Nirva has traveled with the iconic GRAMMY®-winning artist for more than a decade.

Traveling a similar path, Seth Ready’s resume also boasts a who’s who of top Christian and gospel artists. Growing up in central Florida, the self-described “gospel music fanatic” spent hours alone in his room singing, emulating influences like Andrae Crouch, The Winans, and Fred Hammond. Such dedication to his passion afforded Seth a series of opportunities in college that ultimately landed him at the doorstep of one of urban gospel’s most groundbreaking talents, Kirk Franklin. Following a tenure with the multi-platinum artist’s Hopeville Tour, Seth has also been a background vocalist for such names as Chris Tomlin, Donnie McClurkin, and CeCe Winans, to name a few.

Never Alone, their first full-length album, released on Integrity Music. Produced by Bryan Fowler (TobyMac, Aaron Shust) and featuring songwriting collaborations with Michael Farren (“Let It Rain”), Mia Fields (“Savior King”), Jacob Sooter, Israel Houghton, TobyMac, Victor Oquendo and BJ Putnam, Never Alone picks up where their 2014 EP I Need You left off.

Seth & Nirva are married and live in Central Florida.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why did Tyndale House Publishers decide to host a forum on race and faith?

Tyndale House Publishers is substantially owned by the Tyndale House Foundation, the non-profit arm of Tyndale. Its purpose is to minister to the spiritual needs of people, primarily through grants to other Christian charities. Tyndale has many authors who have made significant contributions to the discussion of race and faith and it is our desire to bring several individuals together to engage in conversation, as well to present action steps for individuals and groups to engage with one another more effectively following the event. More information about the Tyndale House Foundation is available here:

When and where is this event happening?

On February 16, 2017, from 7-10 p.m. ET, at The Crossing Church in Tampa, Florida, as well as worldwide on If you live in a different city or country, you may check the exact times for the Livestream feed using this time zone convertor.

At the live event at The Crossing Church in Tampa, are the seats assigned?

With the exception of fifty (50) VIP tickets, which will include seats in the first three rows of the venue, the seating for the live on-site event are general admission tickets, thus there are no assigned seats. There will be handicapped accessible seating available as well.

Can I host a viewing of the event at my church?

Yes. With streaming the event, it will be easy for churches to host the event. The early bird cost for churches is $149.00 and it increases to $199.00 after January 15, 2017. Churches may purchase the live feed and make the forum available for free for their congregation, or it may choose to charge admission to attendees.

We are hosting a viewing of the event at our church. Is there an opportunity to buy Under Our Skin using a group rate?

Every participant that signs up for either the live or streaming event will receive a coupon code offering Under Our Skin on for a discounted price. The sale price (with coupon code) can be used on top of bulk discounts that are always available through Bulk discounts only apply to quantities of one title and are as follows: 10-49 units = 20% discount, 50-99 units =25% discount and 100 or more units = 35% discount. Free shipping applies to net orders over $35.

Can I download a flyer to print and give to others?

Yes, we have created a flyer to download and give to others. You may print as many copies as you need.

I conduct a small group out of my home? Do I need to purchase the individual subscription or the group/church subscription?

You should choose the individual option for groups of less than 15 people. We only ask that you if your group exceeds 15 individuals that you purchase the church/group Livestream option.

Can I watch the event from my own home?

Yes, the personal Livestream subscription ($7.99 through 1/15/17 and $9.99 after 1/15/17) is available for viewing on all platforms, including handheld devices, personal computers, laptops, and desktop computers.

Will there be a replay of the event available for viewing after the panel discussion is over?

Yes, a replay of the event will be available after the event. It may be purchased after the event, or viewed again if you purchased a subscription prior to the event.

At the live event in Tampa, will there be an opportunity to meet the panelists?

While schedules may vary, all participants are scheduled to be present at the VIP dinner (50 available tickets) and several of the participants will be signing copies of their books prior to the event.

Will books be available for sale at the live event in Tampa?

Yes, copies of Under Our Skin, as well as books by the other participants will be available for purchase at the event.

Should I read Under Our Skin, by Benjamin Watson, before the event?

It certainly isn’t a requirement to read Under Our Skin in advance but it will enhance understanding and enjoyment if you are familiar with its content.

If a participant has to cancel his or her appearance, will there be a refund?

If the entire forum is canceled for any reason there will be a full refund. If a participant cannot attend for an unforeseen circumstance, he or she will be replaced with a panelist of similar stature but there will be no refund issued.

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If I have questions about this event, to whom should I direct them?

Questions may be directed to Todd Starowitz at [email protected]